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Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Says “Still Echoes” Is About His Time In Prison


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Lamb Of God revealed the tricks they had up their sleeve today with the announcement that their new album “VII: Sturm Und Drang” would be released this July, along with the premiere of a new track from it titled “Still Echoes” (now streaming here.) A digital single for that song will be released on May 18th. Up until this point, the band had been putting on the air that they were merely writing their new album still. As it turns out they pulled one over on the lot of us, as recording for it has already taken place at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA and Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, CA under producer Josh Wilbur (Gojira, All That Remains).

Vocalist Randy Blythe spoke with Rollingstone.com about the new album, and in particular, the new song, “Still Echoes“—which was written about his time spent locked up in Pankrác Prison in Prague, CZE for manslaughter. Those charges were of course related to the 2010 death of a stage diving fan at one of the bands shows in Prague—charges for which Blythe was later acquitted.

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Blythe said “Still Echoes” is a “a history of [Prague’s] Pankrác Prison.” Reciting the songs lyric: “A thousand heads cut clean across their necks, right down the hall from me,” Blythe relayed:

“There was a guillotine right down the hall from me, from when the Nazis had the prison. From 1943 to 1945 they executed almost 2,000 people by the guillotine, because it was cheaper than shooting and quicker than hanging.”

Of the album itself, he stated:

“People shouldn’t expect a prison record. But I write about things that affect me very deeply. And going to prison in a foreign country and being charged with manslaughter will affect you – trust me – very deeply.”

Blythe himself will be releasing a new book chronicling the past few turbulent years of his life titled ‘Dark Days‘ on July 14th. Pre-orders for it can be found at Randyblythe.net. As for summer touring, the band will be out on ‘Summer’s Last Stand Tour‘ with Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White.

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